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Nikon European Wedding Collective Look Book

Wedding photography adapts its style in line with ever changing fashions. In this Look Book, the Nikon European Wedding Collective has uncovered an exciting collection of classic, current and emerging trends in wedding photography – all captured on a Nikon camera and NIKKOR lens – and provided tips on how to recreate some of the iconic shots.

The Golden Hour

Usually a portrait of the newlyweds, this classic shot is one to consider towards the end of the day when good sunlight is available. It swathes the couple in the sun’s soft golden hues before it sets.

Taken in Austria by Simona Smrčková and Kamil Saliba using the D750 and AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED

“Remember to check the exact time the sun sets and scout the venue beforehand, as you will only have a small window of opportunity to capture the golden light. I used the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED to capture the entirety of the beautiful landscape, while bathing the couple in a romantic golden glow.”

Simona Smrčková and Kamil Saliba, Czech Republic

Taken in France by Chloé Lapeyssonnie using the D750 and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

Taken in Greece by Chloé Lapeyssonnie using the D750 and AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

Elaborate Editing

Substantial editing has been popular in recent years, from vignettes and tilt shift, to spot-colour and false lens flares. These editing styles can create an idyllic haze, make a dress whiter or give teeth an extra sparkle.

Taken in Czech Republic by Simona Smrčková and Kamil Saliba using the D850 and AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED

“You can reduce the time you spend editing by using the technical capabilities of your equipment to their fullest. I used the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens to frame the couple and lowered the shutter speed to 1/50 to capture the petals falling, while ensuring the expression on the couple’s faces remained sharp and crisp. For dramatic effect, I turned the image black and white – I focused on the couple and falling petals and the other distracting elements disappeared into the background.”

Simona Smrčková and Kamil Saliba, Czech Republic

Taken in Czech Republic by Simona Smrčková and Kamil Saliba using the D850 and AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED

Editorial Style

This trend sees the photographer capturing a wedding as a complete story, telling a tale of the entire event. There is a greater focus on the little details - such as the styled shot of the bride’s bouquet, her shoes, the stationery, wedding cake and even the food.

Taken in Czech Republic by Simona Smrčková and Kamil Saliba using the D850 and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

“The D850’s Silent Shutter mode helps wedding photographers become ‘invisible’, which was important here as the bride was about to walk down the aisle. It meant I could discreetly take this image without distracting her. That, combined with the camera’s ultra-fast shutter speed helped capture this fleeting moment.”

Simona Smrčková and Kamil Saliba, Czech Republic